Aesop Reviewed

I chose at random a fable by Aesop, to see if the moral it presents has stood the test of time.



The moral seems to be a valid one, but on closer examination, the example given is so literally full of holes as to be grossly misleading.  If the water level in the pitcher was as low as suggested, then there would have been insufficient for it to have come close enough to the brim for the bird to take a sip.  The water would have remained confined within the interstices between the pebbles.

Thus, seemingly,  we can refute Aesop.

However on further consideration, having filled the pitcher with pebbles, the crow would have raised its centre of gravity considerably.   It should therefore be less stable on its base and much easier for Mr Crow, even in his weakened state, to knock the pitcher over.

The moral therefore can be restated as when science, invention and industry fail, try brute force.  

Being a bipolar genius is a curse.  It’s feckin’ awesome.


About Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.
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